Sarah’s Reviews

Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

STAFF REVIEW: Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

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ISBN: 9780547386065
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Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010

The first entry in the acclaimed Ruth Galloway series follows the "captivating"* archaeologist as she investigates a child's bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.

Forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties.

That Old Flame of Mine by J.J. Cook

I picked this up on a whim and was thoroughly engrossed.  Firefighter Stella Griffin is hired to reorganize the volunteer fire department in Sweet Pepper, Tennessee in the heart of Smoky Mountain country.  She encounters arson, unknown familial ties, a pepper festival, and a ghost!  The story reminds me a bit of The Ghost and Mrs.

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ISBN: 9780425252048
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Published: Berkley Books - April 2nd, 2013

Set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, J. J. Cook's thrilling new mystery series features Fire Chief Stella Griffin, who solves crime with the help of her predecessor, who just happens to be a ghost...


Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Well, I stayed up all night reading this latest installment in the Rev. Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series. It’s cold in the dead of winter in upstate New York, and Russ wants to go ice fishing!  The Rev.

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ISBN: 9780312606848
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 5th, 2013

In "Through the Evil Days," "New York Times" bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming raises the stakes for Russ and Clare, putting their new marriage, their unborn child, a missing teen, and their very own lives on the line.

Grumpy Cat

My favorite book. Grumpy cat is my hero. Recommended by Ngaio (as communicated to Sarah).

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ISBN: 9781452126579
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - July 23rd, 2013

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat's epic feline frown has inspired legions of devoted fans. Celebrating the grouch in everyone, the Grumpy Cat book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world.

Garment of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell Never disappoint! This novel is set in 1920s Morocco in the midst of the Riff Revolt. Homes and Russell lend their aid to historical figures Emin Abel el-Krim and the French Marechal Hubert Lyautey. Full of intrigue and insight into colonial Africa and its politics and culture.

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ISBN: 9780553386769
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Published: Bantam - August 20th, 2013


I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano

An artful and wise collection of the greatest of poets--cats. We approve of this book and will not pee on it. Recommended by Dashiell and Ngaio, aka the store cats.

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ISBN: 9781452110585
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 15th, 2012

Cat lovers will laugh out loud at the quirkiness of their feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular minds of housecats. In this hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans.

READ-ALIKES: If-You-Loved-This-Author,-You’ll-Love-This-One-Too

So you’ve just finished the last book of your most recent favorite author and you are at a loss:  “What should I read next?  I loved this author/series/character?” Here at the Raven, we hear that from our customers often, and we love introducing people to a new author.  So here is a short “If-You-Loved-This-Author,-You’ll-Love-This-One too” list.
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ISBN: 9780312986766
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 14th, 2003

Heavy Snow...Icy Desires...Cold-Blooded Murder